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Book Boost: Access for All Challenge

This competition sought business models rooted in optimizing and increasing the number of accessible books in the title development phase of the book value chain. As the title development process involves multiple actors including authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers, the challenge invests in winning innovations that provide cost-effective solutions for inclusive publishing at the onset of book development.  Competition Details


This competition was seeking a smartphone application that can build foundational literacy skills in Arabic and improve psychosocial well-being for Syrian children who are out of school or struggling in school. The two winners—announced at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week on March 20, 2017—were chosen from among the five suppliers below that received Phase 1 funding to develop testable prototypes of their games, following a highly competitive initial bidding round with 78 participants.  The winner’s games are now available for free download from Google Play and the App Store. The EduApp4Syria competition is funded by the Norwegian government and coordinated by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) in cooperation with The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, mobile operator Orange, and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).  Competition Details

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Screenshot of EduApp4Syria YouTube video

VIDEO: Hear from parents and kids who have played the games here.

VIDEO: Learn more about our Beta test of the games (video in English or Arabic). Read the Competition Details

Big Ideas – Mobiles for Reading 2015/16

A challenge to develop novel, mobile technology-based innovations or methods that can improve reading outcomes for children in developing countries. Innovative topics proposed could focus on the enhancement of and/or the development and creation of new tools/methods. Proposals may have also used existing mobile-based technologies or literacy assessment methods to improve and measure reading by adapting or applying those technologies and assessment methods in new and innovative ways.  Competition Details

Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings

A challenge to source ideas for innovative, technology-supported approaches for children to maintain access to basic education despite disruptions experienced during crisis or conflict.  Competition Details

Enabling Writers

SIL International won $100,000 for development of a software solution that allows authors to easily create and export texts in mother tongue languages to help early grade students learn to read.  The prize competition included development, field testing in four countries and a comprehensive review of its functionality.  About the Software | Competition Details

Tracking & Tracing Books

Solution to track books destined for early grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries and allow stakeholders–ranging from parents to Ministry of Education–to easily access tracking information. Read the Software Alpha Test Report (Malawi) | Competition Details

Screenshot of Tracking and Tracing Software Alpha Test in Malawi video

VIDEO: Software Alpha Test in Malawi

Big Ideas@Berkeley – Mobiles for Reading 2014/15

Seeking novel, mobile technology-based innovations to enhance early grade reading scores in developing countries. Proposals may also adapt or apply existing mobile-based technologies in new and innovative ways.  

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